Tag Archives: Emotions

Everything is Not Fine

It’s the complacency that infuriates me most. In academia, you will hear learned, well-read, peer-reviewed, intellectual debate about where ideas come from and why they represent the world as it is: perfect, timeless, constant and immutable. The sheer arrogance behind … Continue reading

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Has Music Education Lost Its Way?

Depending who you ask, rock and roll originated some seventy years ago. Jazz is about a hundred years old. Even Rap is pushing fifty. These are musical art forms that predate young music students, today in their middle teens, by … Continue reading

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Why Play?

As children, we play. Nobody has to compel us to play or tell us how. We just do. We make up the games we play, using our imaginations. It comes pretty naturally, for most people. We play as a childhood … Continue reading

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Moving the Overton Window

We all look through it, but like glass, we don’t see it. We don’t even see the width of the frame or how it is centred, but it constrains what we see and how we see it just as surely … Continue reading

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Expressing Authentic Emotions Through Art

People are actively shamed, when they show their emotions openly and honestly. Other people shower them with derision and scorn. They often feel intense shame and try to deny or excuse their outward display of feelings. They are ashamed.  Society … Continue reading

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Perceptual Distortion

I don’t often work with oils, mainly because of the messiness involved in having canvases lying around that take ages to dry, but occasionally I get the chance to paint a portrait where I have the sitter available for several … Continue reading

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Is Mood Manipulation Ethical?

It’s a bit like hijacking somebody’s brain, really.  If, through your art, you invade somebody’s emotional state and change it, so that they feel something about your art, instead of about their current real-life circumstances, you’re manipulating them.  It’s unarguable.  … Continue reading

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